Liberia is poised to borrow over US$2 million to finance and strengthen her public sector.The Chief Executive, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, communicated a ratification agreement to the House of Representatives requesting that August Body to act in order to attract competent civil servants to the system.According to President Sirleaf’s letter, the financing agreement is intended to “improve pay and performance management in Ministries and strengthen payroll management in the Civil Service Agency.”The project, she said, “consists of three components. The first is improving pay management. This includes implementation of program within the civil service to attract and retain competent managerial and professional staff and boost motivation amongst civil servants.”The second is strengthening payroll management, which includes implementation of a program aimed at establishing an accurate civil service payroll and ensuring predictability in the wage bill.The third is improving performance, which involves implementation of a program which enables selected Ministries, Agencies and Commissions to focus on performing their core functions and establishing performance and accountability standards among civil servants.The Civil Servant Agency is lead implementer of the project, which is valued around US$2,100,000, Madam Sirleaf said.She pleaded with the House to speedily ratify the agreement in order to initiate the necessary and much needed reforms of the civil service sector.However, the House voted Thursday of last week to send the communication to its Ways, Means and Finance, Good Governance and Judiciary committees to study and report to plenary in two weeks.Meanwhile, Capitol Hill is also studying a Concession Agreement involving the Government of Liberia and Liberia Cocoa Corporation (LCC).The concession area is located in Quardu-Gboni District, Lofa County and is expected to cover approximately 6,000 hectares of government-owned land.According to Madam Sirleaf, the duration of the agreement is 40 years. She justified the contract by saying, “The term is created so as to be in harmony with the lifecycle of coca tree, and LCC is required to invest no less than US$12 million in the project during the first 10 years of the agreement.”Additionally, the President said, “The agreement contains social, environmental, community development, local content, education, and health obligations similar to those in other agricultural concessions.”The project would enhance agricultural production in tree crops that are exportable and consequently support the nation’s balance of trade, the Liberian leader asserted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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South Africa offers foreign suppliers a variety of methods to distribute and sell their products, including using an agent or distributor, selling through established wholesalers or dealers, selling directly to department stores or other retailers, or establishing a branch or subsidiary with its own sales force.WholesalersConsumer goods requiring maintenance of stocks and industrial raw materials are often exported to South Africa through established wholesalers.Retail organisationsMany exporters of consumer goods sell directly to South African retail organisations – including consumer corporations, department stores, chain stores, and co-operative groups of independent retailers – which assume the functions of wholesale buying, selling and warehousing.Consumer retailSouth Africa offers the full spectrum of retail outlets: small general dealers; specialty stores handling a single product line (such as clothing, electronics, or furniture); exclusive boutiques; chain stores (groceries, clothing, toiletries, household goods); department stores; cash and carry wholesale retail outlets; and co-operative stores serving rural areas. Large-scale supermarkets, or hypermarkets, are located in suburban shopping malls and sell large quantities of almost all consumer goods.About 90 percent of the consumer trade inventories of these stores are domestically sourced.FranchisesFranchising is well-established in South Africa, with the sector showing strong and continued growth. Around 30% of South African franchises are non-food systems, with an emphasis on service. Building, office and home services sectors are dominant, with automotive, restaurant, health, education and training franchises also available.After-sales agentsFor products of a technical nature, it maybe necessary to appoint an official after- sales agent in South Africa. This may be a company that does not import or market the product in question, but rather, because of its geographical reach, technical ability and goodwill in the market, acts as the certified service agent.Appointing an appropriate after sales agent is crucial in ensuring that the product develops a respected reputation in the South African market.The US Commercial Service’s Doing Business in South Africa – 2011 Country Commercial Guide offers more information on selling factors and techniques.Agents & distributorsIn South Africa, the terms “agent” and “distributor” have very specific meanings.AgentsIn the strict legal sense, “agent” means a person who, for and on behalf of a principal, either introduces a third party to the principal by soliciting orders from the third party, or concludes contracts with the third party on behalf of the principal. The normal reward for an agent is a commission, which is received from the principal.Key considerations in appointing an agent in South Africa are:You need to appoint an agent who knows your market well. The South African business sector is relatively small, and companies have established methods of procurement that differ from sector to sector.You need to consider national distribution. South Africa is a large country, with nine provinces. Lacking the support of national infrastructure, smaller agents often tend to operate provincially. This means you may need to appoint an agent in each of the larger cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban – to cover the country. Larger companies who take on agencies often have an office in each of the major centres, making any agency agreement easier to control.For certain products, South Africa is a trading hub for the southern African region, and you need to consider whether your South African agent should handle business in these countries on your behalf.DistributorsA distributor buys and holds stock of a product. In return, they are usually granted an exclusive right to sell the product in a particular area or to a particular type of customer. An agreement with a distributor is similar to an agreement with an agent, except that price and delivery terms will differ because the distributor is a principal.When appointing a distributor in South Africa, the same considerations apply as when appointing an agent.BrandSouthAfrica reporterReviewed: 31 August 2012Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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